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SC asks Madras High Court to decide on Tamil Nadu's plea for OBC quota in medical admissions

Lawstreet Journal 16 Jul 2020 10:01pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary SC asks Madras High Court to decide on Tamil Nadu's plea for OBC quota in medical admissions

The Supreme Court on July 13 asked Madras High Court to decide on merits, the petition against the Centre's decision not to grant 50 percent quota to OBCs in medical seats surrendered by the state in all India quota in Tamil Nadu.

A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Hemant Gupta said the Saloni Kumari case pending with it regarding the grant of 27 percent OBC quota in terms of a Central Act cannot act as a hindrance for Madras High Court in deciding on the grant of 50 percent quota for OBC in Tamil Nadu based on state law.

The bench asked the High Court of Madras to decide the matter on merits while elucidating that Saloni Kumari pendency will have no bearing on specific cases pending before it.

 The Supreme Court was hearing a batch of plea including of Tamil Nadu government against non-implementation of 50 percent reservation for students belonging to the OBC category in admission to seats surrendered by the state to the AIQ in medical and dental courses. In a hearing conducted via video link, the top court said, "All the contention raised in petitions (before it) should be decided by the High Court" and requested the High Court to deal with the case. Earlier, the state government had moved the Supreme Court on July 2 seeking a direction to the High Court to expeditiously decide its plea challenging the Centre's decision not to grant 50 percent quota to OBCs in medical seats surrendered by the state in all India quota for UG, PG and dental courses in 2020-21

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